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Bill-
We all do.  But, I think you've kind of beat this one to death!  How about 
giving it a rest?

Bill Cain, S.E.
Oakland, CA


-----Original Message-----
From:	Windows/admin/polhemwl  On Behalf Of Bill Polhemus
Sent:	Wednesday, October 21, 1998 12:14 PM
To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject:	RE: The Problem with Microsoft

I don't get it.

Do none of you people ever think of the implications of things?

Do you only see issues like these when they DIRECTLY tie into EXACTLY what 
you are doing at any given moment?  If so, I'm amazed that Tom Peters ever 
broke out of the box.

-----Original Message-----
From:	Bill Cain, S.E. [SMTP:bcain(--nospam--at)ebmud.com]
Sent:	Wednesday, October 21, 1998 1:58 PM
To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject:	RE: The Problem with Microsoft

Can we get back to engineering issues and how computers affect our
practices rather than the politics of web browsers?

Bill Cain, S.E.
Oakland, CA


-----Original Message-----
From:	Windows/admin/polhemwl  On Behalf Of Bill Polhemus
Sent:	Wednesday, October 21, 1998 11:02 AM
To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject:	RE: The Problem with Microsoft

-----Original Message-----
From:	Trobridge, Bruce [SMTP:Bruce.Trobridge(--nospam--at)ogs.state.ny.us]
Sent:	Wednesday, October 21, 1998 12:30 PM
To:	'seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org'
Subject:	RE: The Problem with Microsoft

Isn't the basis of the lawsuit that Microsoft sells its OS with a web
browser making it unnecessary to buy a competitor's browser?  I never
understood what the problem was with that.  It seemed to me that it
paralleled an auto manufacturer selling cars with air-conditioning or a
stereo system or a hitch, that would make it unnecessary to buy an
aftermarket unit...

[Bill Polhemus]

Suppose that you heard General Motors (which provides stereo systems in
their automobiles) had tried to buy out all the other major manufacturers
of car stereo systems?

And suppose further, that you learned that GM had decided to put any of
those other manufacturers who declined to be bought out, out of business by 
requiring that anyone else doing business with GM NOT do any sales or
installations of competitors' products?

That's a more correct analogy.

Again, the disclaimer:

I don't think the Feds should be involved in this.  I think the idea that
the DoJ has to be the "cop" for every instance of what it terms
"anti-competitive practice" is dangerous.

After all, although the Federal Government would like you to believe that
its job is to "protect" the citizenry, the idea of LIMITED government upon
which our constitutional republic is based, was instituted to protect the
citizens FROM the government.

We have a choice whether or not to buy MS, or GM, or anyone else.

We don't have a choice of which government to live under, if we allow them
free reign over all areas of society.